The Oceanside Museum of Art (OMA) is proud to announce its inaugural venture into international traveling exhibitions. California Dreaming: An International Portrait of Southern California is a comprehensive traveling exhibition juried by Peter Frank (Los Angeles-based art critic/curator), Drew Oberjuerge (Inland Empire-based museum director), and Daniel Foster (San Diego/Oceanside-based museum director).

The exhibition is a contemporary look at the statOceanside Museume of the “California Dream” interpreted by 54 artists from California and beyond. Also available with the traveling exhibition is a quality catalog publication of the 54 chosen artworks.

California Dreaming: An International Portrait of Southern California will travel to three top museum/gallery venues over the next year: the Palazzo della Provincia di Frosinone in Frosinone, Italy (Rome vicinity) under the leadership of Alfio Borghese, Gallery Director, October 4 – 28, 2014; Oceanside Museum of Art (OMA), December 6, 2014 – March 29, 2015; and Riverside Art Museum (RAM), April 21 – July 2, 2015. OMA has arranged for a cultural delegation of nearly two dozen to travel to Italy from October 20-29, 2014 in support of this one–year international traveling exhibition. A major public reception for California Dreaming will occur at OMA on Saturday, December 6, 2014 from 6-8 p.m.

“We are very excited about the ambitious vision and high quality of art and artists selected for this extensive traveling international exhibition. I think this exhibition has been interpreted by the three jurors in a very contemporary and updated manner that directly challenges the nostalgic and romantic mid-20th Century notions of the ‘California Dream’,” says Daniel Foster, executive director of the Oceanside Museum of Art.

Out of the 900 juried art submissions, the selected artists for the California Dreaming exhibition are: Sharon Allicotti, Craig Attebery, Alexsandra Babic, Vincenzo Balsamo, Lisa Bartleson, Olivia Bouchard, Virginia Broersma, Lorraine Bubar, JT Burke, Craig Deman, James Doolin, Jorg Dubin, Kari Dunham, John Eden, Michael Field, Star Foreman, Carlene Frances, Kenda Francis, Steven Gibson, Dirk Hagner, Bradley Hankey, Brooke Harker, Teale Hatheway, Danny Heller, Carolyn Hesse-Low, Bryan Ida, Seta Injeyan, Glenna Jennings, Yoichi Kawamura, Roy Kerchhoffs, Mary-Austin Klein, Gary Lang, Dan McCleary, Douglas McCulloh, Allan Morrow, Hung Viet Nguyen, R. Mike Nichols, Fiona Pattinson, Kim Reasor, Lara Jo Regan, Jeremie Riggleman, Junn Roca, Karrie Ross, Catherine Ruane, Gwen Samuels, Cory Sewelson, Barbara Sexton, Gregg Stone, Nicole Strasburg, Young Summers, Daena Title, Jen Trute, Cynda Valle, and Donna Westerman.

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Title: “Abbot Kinney 2″  Medium: ink & acrylic on canvas. Dimensions: 24″ x 24”

In direct complementary support to California Dreaming: An International Portrait of Southern California, OMA and L Street Fine Art Gallery (located in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter) are delighted to announce an exhibition partnership to present San Diego Dreaming in Spring, 2015.

An outgrowth of the California Dreaming jurying process, the joint San Diego Dreaming exhibitions will focus on the San Diego arts community and its interpretation of the “California Dream” by several dozen prominent and talented San Diego-based artists at the Oceanside Museum of Art and L Street Fine Art. Artist selections for San Diego Dreaming will be announced by December, 2014.

OMA very graciously thanks Jim Kydd of the Coast News for major financial support of these exhibition projects, along with significant partnership support with ArtWorks San Diego, Riverside Art Museum, L Street Fine Art Gallery, and Palazzo della Provincia di Frosinone.